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Archive for September, 2011
  • Defendants Conducting Mining Activities To Pay $8,000 Penalty for Alleged Water Pollution Violations

    Posted by on September 28, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' stipulation and proposed settlement in People v. American Excavation & Septic Services, Inc., Case No. PCB 11-55, which concerned a site located at 8937 West Stagecoach Trail in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. The State alleged that the defendants violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and environmental reg...
  • Please Join Us for Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup on Saturday

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    As co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, I invite you to join us for an Adopt-a-Beach clean-up event this Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Oak Street Beach, located at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive. We will conduct litter removal and monitoring and complete beach health assessments. Please register for the event ...
  • Environmental Register for August 2011

    Posted by on September 27, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued its Environmental Register for August 2011. The Environmental Register features a letter from Chairman Girard, which discusses progress that the Board made in several rulemaking dockets. The Environmental Register also contains an appellate update, a rulemaking update, a summary of actions of the Board, a summary of new cases, a listing of provis...
  • Environmental Lawsuit Against McDonald’s Corp. Dismissed for Lack of Standing

    Posted by on September 21, 2011
    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently issued an opinion in Gencarelli v. McDonald's Corp. that dismissed a lawsuit against McDonald's alleging environmental violations.  Plaintiff alleged that McDonald's harms the environment because its food packaging contains chemicals that harm the environment when they are discarded by customers.  Plaintiff also alleged tha...
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms $100,000 Penalty Against Parties That Started Construction of Power Plant without Permit

    Posted by on September 19, 2011
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion in Sierra Club v. Khanjee Holdings (US) Inc., No. 09-4008, in which the Court affirmed the trial court's assessment of a $100,000 civil penalty, plus attorney's fees of the plaintiff, against the defendants that started construction of a power plant without a permit.  This case involved an application to the Illinois EPA...
  • Please Join Us For Upcoming CBA Events!

    Posted by on September 16, 2011
    As Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, I invite you to attend two upcoming events. (1) Please join us for our committee meeting on September 22nd at 12:15 pm at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court.  Our meeting will feature Jennifer Hesse, who is an attorney at the City of Chicago Department of Environment. For mo...
  • Property Owner Fined $3,000 for Violating Asbestos Regulations

    Posted by on September 14, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently ordered a property owner to pay a $3,000 civil penalty for violating asbestos regulations in People v. Landers, Case No. PCB 07-13.  This case concerned demolition of a building located at 1229 West Jackson Street in Auburn, Sangamon County, Illinois. The State alleged that the property owner violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act by f...

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